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CISC 6930: Data Mining

Fordham University, Fall 2018 Prof. Yijun Zhao

Assignment 1

Due: Sept. 28

Submission Instructions

? Your program must run on erdos.dsm.fordham.edu

? Create a README file, with simple, clear instructions on how to compile

and run your code. If the TA cannot run your program by following the instructions,

you will receive 50% of programing score.

? Zip all your files (code, README, written answers, etc.) in a zip file named

{f irstname} {lastname} CS6930 HW1.zip and upload it to Blackboard

In this assignment, you are given the following 3 datasets. Each dataset has a training and

a test file. Specifically, these files are:

dataset 1: train-100-10.csv test-100-10.csv

dataset 2: train-100-100.csv test-100-100.csv

dataset 3: train-1000-100.csv test-1000-100.csv

Start the experiment by creating 3 additional training files from the train-1000-100.csv

by taking the first 50, 100, and 150 instances respectively. Call them: train-50(1000)-

100.csv, train-100(1000)-100.csv, train-150(1000)-100.csv. The corresponding test file for

these dataset would be test-1000-100.csv and no modification is needed.

1. Implement L2 regularized linear regression algorithm with λ ranging from 0 to 150

(integers only). For each of the 6 dataset, plot both the training set MSE and the test

set MSE as a function of λ (x-axis) in one graph.

(a) For each dataset, which λ value gives the least test set MSE?

(b) For each of datasets 100-100, 50(1000)-100, 100(1000)-100, provide an additional

graph with λ ranging from 1 to 150.

(c) Explain why λ = 0 (i.e., no regularization) gives abnormally large MSEs for those

three datasets in (b).

2. From the plots in question 1, we can tell which value of λ is best for each dataset once

we know the test data and its labels. This is not realistic in real world applications. In

this part, we use cross validation (CV) to set the value for λ. Implement the 10-fold

CV technique discussed in class (pseudo code given in Appendix A) to select the best

λ value from the training set.

1

(a) Using CV technique, what is the best choice of λ value and the corresponding test

set MSE for each of the six datasets?

(b) How do the values for λ and MSE obtained from CV compare to the choice of λ

and MSE in question 1(a)?

(c) What are the drawbacks of CV?

(d) What are the factors affecting the performance of CV?

3. Fix λ = 1, 25, 150. For each of these values, plot a learning curve for the algorithm

using the dataset 1000-100.csv.

Note: a learning curve plots the performance (i.e., test set MSE) as a function of the

size of the training set. To produce the curve, you need to draw random subsets (of

increasing sizes) and record performance (MSE) on the corresponding test set when

training on these subsets. In order to get smooth curves, you should repeat the process

at least 10 times and average the results.

Appendix A

10-Fold Cross Validation for Parameter Selection

Cross Validation is the standard method for evaluation in empirical machine learning. It can

also be used for parameter selection if we make sure to use the training set only.

To select parameter λ of algorithm A(λ) over an enumerated range λ ∈ [λ1, . . . , λk] using

dataset D, we do the following:

1. Split the data D into 10 disjoint folds.

2. For each value of λ ∈ [λ1, . . . , λk]:

(a) For i = 1 to 10

? Train A(λ) on all folds but i

th fold

? Test on i

th fold and record the error on fold i

(b) Compute the average performance of λ on the 10 folds.

3. Pick the value of λ with the best average performance

Now, in the above, D only includes the training data and the parameter is chosen without

knowledge of the test data. We then re-train on the entire train set D using the chosen

parameter value and evaluate the result on the test set.


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